THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK FROM DAVID LENNOX
‘But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.’ Job 23:10 Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
A Christian friend and a teaching colleague was the Head of Art in one of the schools where I worked. He was a potter. I was always fascinated by the way he was able to take a lump of clay and using his hands on the potter’s wheel create a lovely clay pot. In Jeremiah 18 we read these words, ‘Then the Lord gave me this message: “O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.’ This lovely picture of us being like clay in the hands of God is always encouraging as we are willing to be moulded by Him.
However we live in a throwaway society. If it’s broken, throw it away. This is how the world handles brokenness, whether it is things, strategies, or even people. The Japanese art form of kintsugi, ‘golden joinery’ or kintsukuroi, ‘golden repair’, flies in the face of this conventional wisdom. Shattered pieces of pottery are carefully reunited into a whole using a costly lacquer containing powdered gold, silver, and platinum. Transformation is the result. Common pieces of pottery are transformed into unique pieces whose value skyrockets past what they were formerly worth.
In Holy week this provides us with a beautiful picture of God’s redemptive work in the cross of Christ. Our broken sinful lives can be transformed by His grace and love (seen at Calvary) into something beautiful and acceptable to Him. As the song/ hymn says, ‘Broken lives are made new’. Whether our brokenness is the result of circumstances beyond our control, or our own regrettable choices, Jesus beckons us to Himself. As the creator and artist of the world, He gently by His death and resurrection reunites us to God, to one another and reveals our true selves. He promises to use us for His glory and to make us whole. What shattered area of your life will you bring to Him today?
‘How do you know when the gold is purified?’ we asked him, and he answered, ‘When I can see my face in it [the liquid gold in the crucible] then it is pure.’ Amy Carmichael
Easter Blessings David
PS If you would like to share a thought for the week please e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR EASTER SERVICES
GOOD FRIDAY - ON-LINE SERVICE
Friday 2 April
Premiering on YouTube at 8.00am
EASTER SUNDAY - ON-LINE SERVICE
Sunday 4 April - All Age Service
Premiering on YouTube at 8.00am
TEARFUND’S LENT APPEAL – All donations matched! Usually at this time of year, many of us would meet together for a frugal lunch and make a donation to Tearfund. That isn’t possible this year, but we can make a donation – and all donations will be matched, up to £1,000,000! So, say, £20 will provide £45 when matched and with Gift Aid. You can give online at tearfund.org/vital, call 020 3906 3906, or send a cheque to: Freepost RLZS-KHZS-GJUL, Tearfund, 100 Church Road, Teddington, TW11 8Q. David Golding
Northern Baptist Association Conference ONLINE 23 - 25 April
Friday: Evening Celebration with speaker Alan Donaldson
Saturday : AGM and Youth Event
For details go to The NBA Website
THE UK IS ABOUT TO WELCOME UP TO 300,000 PEOPLE FROM HONG KONG. This is expected to be the biggest planned migration of people to the UK, outside of Europe, since Windrush.
Recently I attended a Hong Kong Zoom event, led by Baptists Together, to discuss how we might be equipped to welcome Hong Kong Baptist pastors and their families.
CLT have agreed to be contacted as more details emerge. Meanwhile we would encourage you to pray that love and welcome would be extended to the migrants.
Bay Foodbank THE BAY FOOD BANK is still operating throughout the current lockdown and your kind food donations are needed now more than ever. Drop off points include Morrisons at Hillheads. Their current wish list can be viewed at https://www.thebayfoodbank.org.uk/wish-list Thank you.
PASTORAL CONCERNS Should you have any pastoral concerns that would normally be directed to the Pastor please contact Lynne Gradwell: email@example.com
PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER
Amy Robson as she desperately tries to get to Canada in time to see her mum (Nancy) who is critically ill. Pray that Amy arrives in time to see her mum before Nancy passes or if this is not possible that Nancy will know peace when her time comes.
Pray for the ‘preach with a view’ preparations to go smoothly and that covid restrictions will allow it to go ahead.
Kate Bowie who has Myelodysplastic anaemia and painful arthritis.
Lucy, David & baby Sophie Morrison and their mission work in Chad.
Sarah Pringle having minor surgery on 14 April. Pray it will go well and that it will give the doctors clarity to what's happening and that appropriate treatment will follow.
BMS MISSION TEAM The Spears & Shrubsole families working with BMS at Guinebor 2 Hospital in Chad and Brian & Jackie Chilvers joining the team when restrictions allow.
Those within our Church Family who have serious medical needs or are going through a difficult time but do not wish them to be shared. The Lord Jesus knows who they are and their need of healing, please seek him asking that they be made whole.
EMPTY INK CARTRIDGES FOR RE-CYCLING Some of us donate our empty ink cartridges to raise money for Whitley Bay Street Pastors. Re-Cycle4Charity are changing their system this month and unfortunately it’s not as straightforward as before. The cartridges are still free to send, but require a box and label system of contents with a minimum of 15 used ink cartridges each time. Consequently I think it best if from now on you keep your ink cartridges and give them to me when we’re able to get back to church, then I’ll send them off on your behalf. Many thanks for your help in this. Jenny Armstrong
SUNDAY VIDEOCASTS from 800am. You can find the videocast link via www.wbbc.org.uk where you’ll also find the link to the audio podcast version. Or go to Google or YouTube & search for Whitley Bay Baptist Church.
ALSO REMEMBER our Virtual Coffee Time at 11.00am on Sundays.
You will need to bring your own tea, coffee, whatever . . . You are invited to this scheduled Zoom Meeting:
Details of log on are in the Church Bulletin. If you do not get the Bulletin and would like to then please contact the Church Office Church Office
OUR BUILDING MAY BE CLOSED BUT OUR CHURCH IS ALIVE! If you’re an activity/ministry leader we’d love to hear how you’re keeping in touch with your groups or how your work is continuing during the pandemic. To contribute an update please email Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org